Unlocking the mysteries of adolescent mental health

06 December 2019

A £35m government-backed research programme into teenage mental health issues has been announced.

It aims to allow quicker diagnoses and better support from health facilities and schools.

Researchers will seek to better understand the adolescent brain, and ensure mental health problems are treated as early and as effectively as possible.

The five-year programme is open to higher education institutes, businesses and public sector researchers.

In the UK, one in eight children or young people are affected by mental health problems.

The funding forms part of the government’s Strategic Priorities Fund, led by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Professor Fiona Watt, UKRI executive chair for the Medical Research Council, said: ‘This significant new investment will play a key role in unlocking the mysteries that surround how and why we develop mental health problems.’

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